Nginx-extras is basically nginx stable release with lots of optional useful modules. It’s no longer required to compile nginx from sources to include PageSpeed module to easily speed up websites and improve SEO. Building nginx with the latest OpenSSL is no longer important to support newest HTTP/2 protocol ALPN.
I used at first to manually compile nginx from source every time a customer wanted to switch from Apache to Nginx (LAMP to LEMP) to get decent performance for their websites. It was time-consuming to deploy and maintain so I decided to create packages (rpm) for CentOS 6 & 7. I added extras to their repository as it includes third-party modules. With these packages, I’m able to set up a LEMP server in few minutes. I can also deploy a new module on all customer’s server by simply pushing a new package update to the repository.
Nginx-extras doesn’t have any dependencies on any packages not included by CentOS base and it won’t break anything because it will conflict if nginx is already installed on your system. It’s also fully compatible with Nginx Amplify and it’s in production on many websites since 2014. Among them, some high traffic websites.
The package changelog is available for CentOS 6 and CentOS 7. It’s updated frequently as you can see. A new build is created when a new nginx version is released or when a CVE is discovered and needs patching.
Nginx team, as well as EPEL, provide packages for CentOS. However, those don’t include any extra third-party modules. Here’s a list of some in-demand modules available with nginx-extras:
It doesn’t end there. Nginx extras:
There are currently packages available for CentOS/RHEL 6, 7 and 8. The easiest way to install is to use out CentOS yum repository (see dedicated repository page):
yum install https://extras.getpagespeed.com/release-el6-latest.rpm
yum install https://extras.getpagespeed.com/release-el7-latest.rpm
dnf install https://extras.getpagespeed.com/release-el8-latest.rpm
Once the repository is configured, you can proceed with installing NGINX extras. Thanks to the nature of dynamic modules, you can install just the modules you want instead of using bloatware NGINX installation. For example, to install NGINX with the PageSpeed module, run:
#> yum install nginx nginx-module-pagespeed
To list available modules for installation, run:
#> yum list available | grep nginx-module
To install the recommended group of modules for performance, you may want to run:
#> yum groupinstall "nginx extras"
… which installs nginx with PageSpeed and Brotli modules.
If you’re currently using nginx < 1.10, this means you’re using SPDY protocol to speed up Web traffic. Nginx switched from SPDY to HTTP/2 in version 1.10 (introduced in 1.9 mainline tree). Therefore, you will need to change all your “spdy” entries to “http2” if you upgrade to latest stable build:
listen 127.0.0.1:443 ssl spdy;
listen 127.0.0.1:443 ssl http2;
The nginx itself shipped with nginx extras repository builds on stable and time tested runtime.
If you like to live on the edge, there’s a drop-in replacement for that runtime.
Read more about nginx-mod, which runs with latest OpenSSL, patched with full HTTP/2 HPACK support and dynamic TLS records.
I’ve been the only package maintainer of nginx-extras for the past 2 years. All sources are committed with GIT on a private BitBucket repository. I may push them public on GitHub in the future.
You can provide any feedback and request additional modules to be built in our public nginx-extras repository.